• Visualize This: TV’s top earners

    February 15, 2011  |  Visualize This

    Television actors can make boat loads of money. Some more than others. Hugh Laurie makes $400,000 per episode while Ashley Tisdale makes $30,000. TV Guide compiled a list of TV's top earners a while back, so luckily we can take a look by the numbers. Here's your chance to visualize the data.

    You can download the data in CSV format or in Excel. There are four columns: actor name, show, pay per episode, and show type (comedy or drama). I entered this data by hand to get it in a manageable format, so keep an eye out for typos (just like in real life!).

    The challenge here will be that there's quite a few names on the list, so it's a bit too much to show every value at once. You'll have to decide what you want to show and what story you want to tell. Do actors in drama or comedies make more? What kind of distribution do you see? How do top actor salaries compare to that of the average actor?

    One more time, here's the link to the CSV and Excel files. Leave links to your graphs in the comments below.

    Deadline: February 22, 2011

  • Visualize This: Where the public gets its news

    January 13, 2011  |  Visualize This

    According to polls from the Pew Research Center, the Internet gained on Television as the public's primary news source in 2010. Poll results are shown in their graph below.

    The graph isn't too bad, but it's kind of busy and could use some design. Can we do better? I think so. Here's the data as a CSV file. Get your graph on, and link to your efforts in the comments below.
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  • Visualize This: Winning Wikipedia fundraiser banners

    November 16, 2010  |  Visualize This

    Wikipedia's annual fundraiser is in progress. If you haven't noticed already, when you go to the site, there's a banner on the top that asks for donations. A few weeks ago, Wikipedia tested four different banners (below) to see which one resulted in the most donations, and they just posted the data for the test (along with some others). Can you visualize this?
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  • Visualize This: Sexual health data from national survey

    October 20, 2010  |  Visualize This

    It's been a while since I ran one of these, so you must be dying to do some visualizing. For those new around here, Visualize This is a little fun practice we like to run around here to exercise our visualization skills. I post a small dataset, and then you can try visualizing it. Do you have what it takes?

    Deadline: October 27, 2010

    For this round, we'll take a look at results from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior conducted by Indiana University. They asked over 5,000 participants if they've engaged in certain behaviors in the past year. They also asked age and gender.
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  • Challenge: Graphing obesity trends

    April 29, 2010  |  Visualize This

    Here we have a case of worthwhile data and an interesting story about obesity trends. People are getting heavier younger. The graph was made to show this; however, it's hard to understand and kind of makes things more confusing. Can you redesign the above, using the same data, to tell the story more clearly?

    The Data

    This is what we know about the data. It comes from a study that took place between 1971 and 2006. We have obesity rates, separated by when study participants were born. So for example, in the above graph, the orange line shows the obesity trend for people who were born between 1956 and 1965. When that group was in between 30 and 39 years old, about 27% of them were obese.

    It's a little confusing at first, but let it simmer for a little. It's actually not too bad.

    The Question

    Okay, now the question: are people getting fatter faster? The original graph suggests that yes, people are, but the story isn't as clear as it could be. Plus, it took 19 powerpoint slides to tell it. Your job is to put it all in one graphic. Are you up for it? I think so. Leave your suggestions and links to remakes in the comments below.

    One more time - here's the data [csv], and you can find more info about the study here.

    [via FD forums]

  • Visualize This: Class Size and Quality of Education. Your Turn

    November 17, 2009  |  Visualize This
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    Photo by Night Owl City

    Last week I posted some parallel coordinate plots that related SAT scores and class size. Now it's your turn to take a crack.

    You can find the data that I used (and more) from the National Center of Education Statistics. There's a link to download the data as an Excel file. You can find pupil/teacher ratios here.

    The two best entries each win a copy of David McCandless' The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia as well as eternal glory on FlowingData. Yes. Eternal.
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  • From the FlowingData Forums [June 10-16]

    June 17, 2009  |  Forums, Visualize This

    Visualize This (and win)

    This round of Visualize This is a fun one. We've got the Rambo kill chart, which shows well, a breakdown of kills in each of the four Rambo movies. It's surprisingly detailed with several cuts of the dataset like number of bad guys killed by Rambo with his shirt on and off, number of good guys killed by bad guys, number of people killed per minute, and several others.

    The problem is that the data is just in a table. Surely we can do better than that. Can you visualize this?

    Person with the best viz gets a copy of Darrell Huff's classic How to Lie with Statistics. Get your entry in by July 1. One entry per person.

    Cool Threads

    • Visual Ideological History of the US Supreme Court: Alex Lundry visualizes the last seven decades of ideologies of US Supreme Court judges. Interact through the years and split the data in several ways.
    • Visualizing Biological Data: VisualMOA is an information browser for the Microbial Online Analysis database. Is it useful without subject knowledge?
    • Processing vs. Flash: Both are heavily used for visualization on the Web, but both have their pros and cons. Processing is good for coding beginners. Flash loads quicker using vectors. Which one should you use?
    • Mapping SPAM and Sensornet Attackers: Using some heat mapping and Circos, Ben, a visualization beginner, is looking for some input.
  • 10 Visualizations for Number of Days to Pay Your Taxes

    May 4, 2009  |  Visualization, Visualize This

    A couple weeks ago, FlowingData ran another Visualize This challenge. I posted a dataset on the number of days it takes the average person in each state to pay his or her taxes and asked you to visualize it. The number of days vary, because tax burden varies state-by-state. The day all taxes have been paid is dubbed Tax Freedom Day. Alaska has the earliest Tax Freedom Day while Connecticut has it last.

    Here are the interesting results you all came up with. Thanks to those who participated. Nice work all around. Continue Reading

  • Visualize This: Days Spent Working to Pay Taxes

    April 16, 2009  |  Visualize This

    It's time for another segment of Visualize This. For new readers, this is something I've been running every now and then where I post a dataset and we all put up our own visualizations. It runs for a couple of weeks and we end up with many different views of the data, some inspiration, and we learn something in the process.

    The Data

    About 28.2% of the average American's income goes towards taxes, which means the first 103 days of the year is to pay for government. At the end of these 103 days - April 13 - is Tax Freedom Day. However, because of varying state-by-state tax burdens and average incomes, Tax Freedom Day varies by state. Alaska, for example, has the earliest Tax Freedom Day (March 23) because it has low state and local taxes while Connecticut is last on April 30, because of "extraordinarily high federal income taxes." For this Visualize This we're looking at the number of days each state spends paying taxes this year (2009).

    Your Mission

    As with previous Visualize This segments, show us your best shot at visualizing the Tax Freedom Day data in this forum thread. I've put the data in an Excel spreadsheet that you can find at the bottom of the forum post. You are welcome to incorporate any other data too if you feel that it adds to the story.

    Map? Graphs? Both? Let's see what you've got. Oh, and most importantly, have fun. If you haven't registered a (free) forum account, you'll want to do that first.

    DEADLINE: April 30, 2009

    [Thanks, Alex]

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